Pro Bowl Cheat Sheet: Week 10

Khaled Elsayed offers an updated look at those deserving of Pro Bowl consideration.

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Pro Bowl Cheat Sheet: Week 10

2013-Pro-Bowl-Cheat-We’re fully into the season now and that means a lot of things. For some they are gripped in a battle for a playoff spot, for others it’s all about the future as they look to bounce back from a year going nowhere. For us? Well we like to sit back and evaluate how things have gone so far.

That means, in this instance at least, tackling who you should be voting for in this years Pro Bowl.

Like you we do think that it’s far too early to be making decisions but if you’re going to do it you may as well do it right.



The Starters: Peyton Manning (DEN) and Philip Rivers (SD)

Any objections? Manning has slowed down after a fine start, but the two AFC West QBs have been unnervingly accurate all year long. The only really contentious decision is who is the sixth quarterback. We went with Wilson but if you went with Andrew Luck we wouldn’t hold a grudge.

The Backups: Russell Wilson (SEA), Aaron Rodgers (GB), Matthew Stafford (DET) and Drew Brees (NO)

Running Backs

The Starters: LeSean McCoy (PHI) and Marshawn Lynch (SEA)

Pick your poison. Lynch has been the best back in the league in recent weeks and has forced more missed tackles (51) than any other back. Meanwhile McCoy makes more plays in space and currently leads our running back rankings.

The Backups: Adrian Peterson (MIN), Darren Sproles (NO), Alfred Morris (WAS) and Frank Gore (SF)

Wide Receivers

The Starters: Antonio Brown (PIT), Calvin Johnson (DET), Andre Johnson (HOU) and Jordy Nelson (GB)

After going back and forth there was no way the two Johnson’s were being left off. In the end we went for the less fancy but more consistent Brown and Nelson who have done a lot of the heavy lifting for their offenses. Messrs Marshall and Bryant especially had to therefore settle for spots on the bench.

The Backups: Brandon Marshall (CHI), Pierre Garcon (WAS), Dez Bryant (DAL) and DeMaryius Thomas (DEN)


Anthony Sherman (KC) and Bruce Miller (SF)

Apologies to Mike Tolbert but we’ve picked at this spot with lead blocking being the overwhelming criteria. Sherman was the easiest choice as our top ranked running back regardless, while Miller got the nod over Collin Mooney who just didn’t play enough snaps.

Tight End

The Starters: Jimmy Graham (NO) and Vernon Davis (SF)

Even missing time Graham is still the dominant receiving tight end and it’s really not that close. The real choice came down to whether it was Davis or Gonzalez, but as much as Gonzo has had to overcome Davis is the more complete player. Watch out for Jordan Reed who is making himself a legit choice the more he plays.

The Backups: Tony Gonzalez (ATL) and Jordan Cameron (CLE)

Offensive Tackle

The Starters: Trent Williams (WAS), Joe Thomas (CLE), Demar Dotson (TB) and Zach Strief (NO)

We’ve got our two highest ranked left tackles when it comes to pass blocking, both of whom are extremely hard to get around or through. The list of candidates to play the right tackle role is much smaller but Dotson and Strief are the best of an alarmingly average bunch with Sebastian Vollmer out for the year.

The Backups: Nate Solder (NE) and Joe Staley (SF)

Offensive Guard

The Starters: Evan Mathis (PHI), Travelle Wharton (CAR), David DeCastro (PIT) and Louis Vasquez (DEN)

Mathis remains the top guard in the league and is joined by the Panthers Wharton who is enjoying a career renaissance since returning to the starting lineup. On the right side DeCastro is showing why the Steelers spent a first round pick on him last year, with Vasquez proving well worth the money the Broncos are paying him.

The Backups: Josh Sitton (GB) and Brandon Fusco (MIN)


The Starters: Chris Myers (HOU) and Nick Hardwick (SD)

Myers should be on everyone’s ballot. Our top ranked center is having another strong year. The three men we went with outside of him all had their strengths, with the run blocking of Hardwick getting him the start.

The Backups: Manny Ramirez (DEN) and Alex Mack (CLE)


Turn the Page for the Defense and Special Teams

  • john

    Wow. No players on starting roster for Panthers defense and u must be high to leave out mike tolbert.

    • Joe

      Who would you add and take out of the starting roster?

    • Lelouch vi Britannia

      Good defenses don’t always have great players, sometimes they just have a lot of good players and few weaknesses. Next time bring an argument to back up your opinions, saying “you’re wrong” and nothing else really doesn’t add to the conversation.

    • sir irate

      According to PFF, Carolina’s defense is middle of the road.

  • Chuck Nice

    Carolina is one of the, if no THE top ranked overall defense in the league at this point, and the only name you could come up with is Greg Hardy who apparently is sitting on the END of the bench. This is a joke!!!

    • Richard Light

      The strength of Carolina’s defense is their front-7.

      However, rather than having 1 or 2 ELITE guys to anchor the unit, the Panthers instead have 4 or 5 very good to borderline elite guys in that front-7.

      In other words, they don’t have any consensus top-4 players at their respective positions, BUT almost all the guys are in either the top-10 or top-20.

      So no ProBowl votes, but as a fan, you know that your defense won’t fall apart after 1-2 injuries.

      • JT

        I would argue that Johnson is even better and that Kuechly and Davis are definitely top 3 LBs in the NFC….what a joke they don’t just sit there and have a good defense for nothing.

      • Tom Kislingbury

        Great response Richard. If you think their D is awesome fine – you just said that. Doesn’t necessarily mean they have the best individual players.

    • Joe

      Who would you add and take out of the starting roster??

      • [email protected]

        I think Star Lutalelei is a future all pro, but he’s not quite there this year.

  • Chris Gittings

    Neil, trust your own rankings. You guys do a good job. No Danny Woodhead? You rank him #5 overall – and he is this yr. Why would you not have him on your Pro Bowl list?

  • Pacoheadley

    Ndamukong Suh isn’t starting?

    • Richard Light

      Suh is the third ranked DT in the NFC. With the top 3 NFC DTs, you can’t complain or argue against any of the three starting, they’ve all been great.

      • Matthew Malek

        Yes you can. NO ONE impacts the game more from the DT position than Suh. None of the other players are schemed against as much as he is and put fear in opposing qbs. None of them get doubled as much as SUh either. Please

        • Karel

          I have Gerald McCoy on line 1 for you then :))).. You can have a nice long conversation about him being double teamed basically every play 😀

  • Sleepy

    No love for Jon Ryan? Only 15 yards returned on 11 attempts, or is he a product of Jeremy Lane?

  • Steve

    I don’t challenge you on this statement: “Instead we’ve gone for guys more accustomed to an every down role, with perhaps the biggest surprise being the name of Starks. Watch how well he has played this year and then we’ll see if you beg to differ.” I don’t watch nearly as much film, so I can’t challenge the statement.
    What I can point out is DTs/NTs primary function is stopping the run by taking on double teams and freeing up their LBs…especially NTs. So, while you assert how great Starks has been, I just point out Miami is 25th against the run, giving up 119.1 yds per game. Damon Harrison, on the other hand is the anchor for a NYJ team that leads the league, giving up 73.8 yds per game. I don’t have snap count data, and I know that counts, but I find it hard to believe Harrison isn’t playing a decent number of snaps, on the season.

    • Richard Light

      Yes, using team-based stats to argue that certain individual players are better than others makes a ton of sense.

      Randy Starks is single-handedly responsible for the Dolphins’ ranking on run defense, and Damon Harrison is single-handedly responsible for the Jets’ ranking on run defense.

      The other 10 guys on running plays just sit around and watch those guys do all the work.

      Therefore, Harrison > Starks.


      • Richard Light

        P.S. Starks is good at stopping the run and rushing the passer.

        Harrison is only good against the run.

        If you’d rather have a defender who is ONLY good at one aspect of defense rather than two, then that’s an “interesting” defensive philosophy. Especially since, in case you haven’t heard, the NFL has become a pass-heavy league in which QBs routinely throw for 3500+ yards, while the best rushing attacks maybe get 1500-2000 yards per year.

        But yeah, do go on about how it’s better for a DT to be really good at stopping the run the 40% of the time offenses choose to run, rather than a DT being good against the pass. That’s why Starks has played 434 snaps, while Harrison has only been used on the field 275 snaps.

    • Bilal

      well if it makes you feel better, PFF gave harrison the nod in their all pro team!

  • JT

    Apparently only one OLB will be playing for the NFC….lol

    • [email protected]

      Its non conferenced this year.

      • JT

        Oh wow I thought it was always conference since I haven’t paid attention to the pro bowl in a while

  • Matthew Malek

    Utterly ridiculous that Suh is not a starter. Lol. Too funny.

    • Tom Kislingbury

      too many stupid penalties at key moments

  • manny

    It the pro bowl plays a 4-3 defense, doesn’t it make sense to drop most of the 3-4 OLB to a DE position? Those pass rushing OLBs cant cover like 4-3 OLBs can 3-4 OLBs and 4-3 OLBs are different positions, so its extremely hard to vote for that position.

  • melvin

    Jamaal Charles wouldn’t make the Pro Bowl…is that really the case y’all are trynna make here?

    • Tom Kislingbury

      11th in the league in causing missed tackles from rushes. If you can’t be one of the league’s top players at your primary job do you deserve to be selected?

      • ron

        what statistic do you have beside missed tackles? that seriously can’t be the major deciding factor of a pro bowl running back. 11th in missed tackles? but he’s top 5 in the NFL in rushes, yards, touchdowns, and runs for first downs. add to that he leads the league in highest percentage of his team’s offensive plays, yards and touchdowns.

    • eYeDEF

      Charles started out real strong but his stats have fallen off the last few weeks. He’s coming off a bye but he’s now a few hundred yards off the leaders. His receiving yardage also hasn’t moved much in recent weeks. He still has time to make up ground though.

  • Bob

    No love for Marcell Dareus? He leads all DTs in tackles, is tied for 4th amongst DTs in sacks, and seems to be ranking pretty well in run stops and QB disruptions by pff’s metrics.

  • Q

    I don’t understand how Chris Harris and Cromartie are back ups. The Denver secondary is awful.

  • itsnatiboi .

    How is aj green not on the list of receivers?

  • ron

    Jamaal Charles left off this list discredits it. Not one Chiefs offensive linemen is even pro bowl considerable yet Charles routinely averages 100 yards from scrimmage (85+ rushing) every game. 11 touchdowns (9 rushing). 58 rushing first downs (leads NFL). He’s basically top 5 in every statistical category for RB’s. The Chiefs first nine wins were basically done on the back and feet of JC. Had the Chiefs would’ve pulled off just one win against Denver, even a close lucky win, and Jamaal Charles is a legitimate MVP candidate. That’s how close this is. And he’s overlooked for Frank Gore? Frank Gore? There only 2 maybe 3 running backs even on the same level as Jamaal Charles : Peterson, Lynch, and McCoy. Fix this list!

  • Jarod

    Even at a half season, Gronkowski trumps all TE and it’s not even close.